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New Year trip in Brazil

New Year trip in Brazil
Day 1. Arrival to Rio de Janeiro
On arrival in Rio, an airport transfer is included to bring you to the hotel. We check into our centrally-located hotel in Copacabana (check-in time is approx 3pm) and enjoy the city. "God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio," so say the Cariocas, residents of this beautiful city. You will soon see why.

Day 2. Rio de Janeiro
We explore the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Marvellous City). Few cities in the world enjoy such a dramatic setting as Rio. Brilliant, white beaches in Copacabana and Ipanema, the deep blue waters of the Atlantic, the luminescent green of Guanabara Bay, and the bare blue slopes of the Sugar Loaf combine to make Rio unique. Standing over it all, at the top of Corcovado mountain, we visit the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer; the best place to appreciate the city. We also get superb panoramic views of the city and area from the top of the Pao de Açucar -Sugar Loaf - reached by cable car.

Day 3 & 4. Rio de Janeiro
We head to some of the famous beaches, and we prepare ourselves for an experience unlike anything else on Earth. Celebrate New Year in Rio!!! We dance until the we can and after some sleep take it easy on the first day of the year in this amazing city.

Day 5, 6, & 7. Ilha Grande
From Rio we head south along the Atlantic coast by a public Brazilian bus to one of the picturesque, laid-back islands on the coast, llha Grande. Relax and walk the clean sand beaches or bathe in the warm waters of this island paradise. One day we have a boat tour included to go around the island and snorkel. We will make hikes through the jungle to waterfalls, a nearby black sand beach and other secluded beaches. You can also hang out in the laid-back World Heritage town centre. 

The local fauna and flora in Ilha Grande, a Nacional Patrimony protected area, are extremely diverse. Mountain range, coastal, mangrove and prairie vegetation are all found here, along with an astonishing collection of bird life and different kinds of monkeys. Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande 
Approximate distance:150km 
Estimate travel time:4 hours (1 hour by ferry).

Day 8, 9, & 10. Paraty
We continue by ferry and private van to Paraty. This quaint, colonial town is an architectural gem famous for its churches. Located on Brazil´s Costa Verde or "Green Coast," Paraty is known as much for the natural beauty of its surroundings as it is for its excellent cachaça. Considered one of the world´s most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture by UNESCO, the historic centre is a well-preserved national historic monument, and today has been closed to vehicles to preserve its laid-back colonial ambience. Explore the cobblestone streets and cafés of the historical centre of Paraty, and enjoy our included tour of the bay, visiting pristine nearby beaches and emerald waters. Paraty´s bay is filled with over 65 tropical islands and dozens of beaches, each offering something different, and all covered with vegetation that remains lush and colourful year-round. The water of the bay is always the right temperature for swimming, diving and snorkelling. The national parks that encircle the town are filled with trails, wildlife and waterfalls. Hiking or horseback riding, for the sports minded, or a jeep or van tour are both excellent ways to appreciate this natural wilderness. 


Ilha Grande to Paraty 
Approximate distance:100km 
Estimate travel time:2.5 hours (1 hour by ferry).

Day 11. Rio de Janeiro
Travel back to Rio. Enjoy the last night out in the city.

Day 12. Departure
Fly back home today at any time, taking with you new memories of amazing experiences and discoveries.


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